The Woman + The Dragon
I all started when...
I was challenged by my Human Services professor to sit, reflect and start healing myself before I even tried to work with others. Up to the challenge I decided to ask God to bring everything to the surface I hadn't dealt with. Well, let me tell you...be careful what you ask for! You see I had already been wrestling with God for the past year and a half, but what was to come changed my life forever. Between dealing with toxic friendships, almost losing my best friend to suicide on top of pressures from work and school not only did my life started to fall a part but my health soon followed after. Those couple of months were some of the darkest months I've every experienced.
I got the opportunity to go to a women of color retreat later that year, that played a huge role in providing healing and clarity in my journey. It was refreshing to be around women of color who created this space just for us to heal, cry, lament and celebrated one another. Many stories and experiences were exchanged, but there was one story that was told, that seemed like it was just for me. This story was the story of the woman and the dragon in Revelations 12:1.
It started a little something like this..."a woman clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crowned of 12 stars on her head..." You see this woman was pregnant and this dragon was waiting for her to have this child so he could devour him. But right before the dragon could kill the child God swooped him up to the heavens. This obviously pissed off the dragon so he went up to the heavens and tried to make war. With no success and still pissed off he tried to come after the woman. But God gave this woman wings that took her to the wilderness for roughly about 3 1/2 years. This wilderness was no paradise, it was a place of great growth & sacrifice. As God kept fighting the dragon the woman still had to fight her lions, tigers and bears. She made it out transformed, a warrior and a healer; she is me. Her story is my story.
Right after this retreat, I started to go to counseling (my therapist is an amazing woman of color by the way!) Slowly things started to fall into place. The wrestling with God & myself wasn't so intense, I started to go with the flow and clarity came. For those 3 1/2 years I had been in my wilderness fighting off depression, self-hate and doubt. I worked my tail off to be in the space I am in and I wouldn't trade it for the world; it made me a healer, lover of self & others.
I have given birth to many things in my life and one of them is Crowned Curls. Crowned Curls was birthed in April 2016 as a way for me to share, create + explore safe spaces with other women of color as we dive into our natural hair, health and wellness journeys.
-Love and Blessings